This past summer, one of our readers sent us a series of photos of what remains of the old Cheyenne Mountain Lodge (it’s not open the public and we certainly discourage anyone from trespassing ), aka The Honeymoon Lodge, one of Spencer Penrose’s many opulent projects along his beloved Cheyenne Mountain Highway. We did some looking into the history, but didn’t find a whole lot beyond historic photos of the exterior (with one exception), a brochure and the YouTube video from the Pikes Peak Library District below. (There’s a good story about Cheyenne Mountain and its history by Steven Saint HERE). There’s certainly more digging that can be done, and we’ll let you know what else we’re able to find. If any of our readers have more information please do post it in the comments. In the meantime, here’s a cursory glimpse into the lifestyles of the local rich and famous in the first half of the 20th Century and what little remains.

 

10 Responses to Then and Now: "Honeymoon Lodge" on Cheyenne Mountain

  1. Tim B. says:

    Wonderful history of our area. How fascinating that Cheyenne Mountain was once more than a rook for antennae and the Military. Thank you, KRCC, for your wonderful presentations on our recent history.

  2. M Myers says:

    It’s sad when Greatness is scraped!

  3. Jacy Doumas says:

    This was FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for sharing! What poetic descriptions. We really do live in a special place and it’s great to stop and appreciate it. I miss the incline even though I know you runners love it the way it is! Well, cherished history and inspiration for getting outside and taking it all in.

  4. Jan McMillan says:

    Kudos to KRCC for featuring some of the history of Colorado Springs. I have always LOVED Cheyenne Mountain…for many years I lived where I could look at it up close everyday..watching the weather come across the top of it and roll down into the Cheyenne Mountain neighborhoods. The Big Something is a great resource for those of us who call The Springs home.

  5. Bijou T says:

    Excellant presentation, I hope that someday this will be included in the expanding Cheyenne State Park, and that dogs may accompany their humans to see this site.

    1. A friend told me that there are a couple of building just above (south) of The old lodge location, does anyone know what they were for? One bldg. is green with a nice shingled roof the other a old cinder block style hut. Both had electricity.
    2. Anyone know about the torn down (burnt down?) large antenna on the road to the top?

  6. Great job, KRCC and Noel Black! It’s a grand old mountain and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is proud to occupy our spot on it. We are America’s mountain Zoo because of this wonderful hunk of granite!
    A small update to Mr. Saint’s Gazette article. The Trail’s End Association does own the road ABOVE the Will Rogers Shrine, but the road leading to the Shrine is owned and maintained by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. A ticket to the Zoo includes a drive up the road to the Shrine. We allow foot traffic up the road one day a year for the “Run to the Shrine.” Runners, walkers and strollers can navigate the switchbacks and enjoy the glorious views on foot during this special event. The date for this year’s Run to the Shrine is Saturday, May 22, 2010. Come join us!

  7. Sarah Milteer says:

    Absolutely LOVED this!
    Did I miss why the hotel was demolished? Was it because of NORAD or did it fall into disrepair first?

  8. [...] day are the new stories and surprises that often come back. For example: No sooner had we published our “Then and Now” slide show and video on the Cheyenne Mountain Lodge last week than the Broadmoor sent us this series of photographs from the Lodge and a fascinating article from [...]

  9. Donald Zimmermann says:

    Thank you for the photos past and present. I have hiked “illegally” up to the lodge ruins dozens of times the past twenty years and was always amazed at the history of the place. Now I hope it will be possible to make a hike up there along the restored road and that everyone can see the views. On the other hand, if the road is opened up to the public and the lodge is rebuilt it will destroy the wilderness experience I was able to enjoy.

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